Monday, 20 May 2013

TV Picks: 20-26 May 2013 (Arrested Development, Eddie Izzard's Mandela Marathons, Nina Conti: Talk to the Hand, Towns, The Vikings, etc.)

Monday, 20 May 2013

Below are my picks of the week's most notable new shows premiering/returning to UK screens; and as further proof TV's undergoing radical changes, two are online streaming exclusives...

Ohio Slave Girls: Their Story (Channel 5, 8pm) Documentary on the recent discovery of three young women, held captive in a basement for 11 years in Cleveland, Ohio.
PICK OF THE DAY Panorama: Hillsborough - How they Buried the Truth (BBC1, 9pm) Investigation into the UK's worst footballing disaster, and how officials hid the truth for years.
Branded a Witch (BBC3, 9pm) Documentary about the rise of attacks on children accused of witchcraft in Britain.

PICK OF THE DAY Towns with Nicholas Crane (BBC2, 9pm) Series 2 of the factual show looking at some of the country's most interesting "forgotten" towns, beginning with a look at Oban in Scotland.
Love & Death in City Hall (BBC4, 9pm) Documentary about the Belfast City Hall registry office, where significant moments in people's lives play out.


Fat Family Tree (Channel 4, 8pm) Health special where Dr Dawn Harper investigate a theory that lifelong weight problems originate from family genes.
PICK OF THE DAY Eddie Izzzard's Mandela Marathons (Sky1, 9pm) Documentary following the comedian's attempt to run 27 marathons across South Africa in as many days; one day for every year Nelson Mandela spent in prison. (1/2)
The Hunt for Britain's Sex Gangs (Channel 4, 9pm) Documentary following the work of police in Telford during Operation Chalice, investigating major child sex abuse crimes.
The Last Days of Anne Boleyn (BBC2, 9pm) Historical documentary about the first English Queen to be executed.

PICK OF THE DAY The Vikings (LOVEFiLM) Season 1 of the Canadian-Irish historical drama about a legendary Viking's attempt to conquer the south of England. Starring Travis Fimmel, Clive Standen, Gabriel Byrne & Katheryn Winnick. (All 9 episodes, streamed to subscribers.)
Henry VIII's Enforcer: The Rise & Fall of Thomas Cromwell (BBC2, 9pm) Historical documentary on the chief minister to Henry VIIII from 1532 to 1540.

PICK OF THE DAY David Bowie: Five Years (BBC2, 9.20pm) Documentary focusing on five key years in the singer's amazing career.

PICK OF THE DAY Arrested Development (Netflix) Season 4 of the cult US comedy about an eccentric and dysfunctional family, revived by Netflix. Starring Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Will Arnett, Jeffrey Tambor, Portia de Rossi, David Cross, Tony Hale, Alia Shawkat & Jessica Walter. (All 15 episodes, streamed to subscribers.)
Clare Balding's Secrets of a Suffragette (Channel 4, 8pm) Documentary about the tragic event when activist Emily Davison was struck by George V's horse and killed.
Nina Conti: Talk to the Hand (BBC4, 9pm) Standup comedy recorded live, with ventriloquist Nina Conti performing in Sydney, Australia.